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Rethink Waste

​Share, Swap & Repair

This page contains tips for rethinking your approach to obtaining and disposing of various items.

The objective of the first pillar of the City of Barrie's Circular Economy Framework, Reuse, is to create and foster a culture of reuse.

Sharing, swapping, and repairing are simple ways to extend the life of everyday products. The sharing economy is based on pooling and exchanging services, resources, goods, time, knowledge and skills. Some ways to participate in Barrie are outlined on this page.

City Initiatives & Programs

New to Me Day

New to Me Day resembles a garage sale, but without the money or hassle. On the second Saturday each June, everything you place at the end of your driveway or at the edge of your lawn is FREE.

Become Part of the Swap & Share Community

Here are some ways to participate:

Freecycle NetworkGrassroots, non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
SwapsitySwapsity is Canada's leading swapping community.
Barrie Urban GardenersVisit Barrie Urban Gardeners on Facebook for seed-sharing information and gardening advice.

 
Facebook Search for buy, sell, and swap groups in Barrie.
The above resources were compiled by City staff in an effort to provide helpful information to Barrie residents. Linked resources are not necessarily affiliated with the corporation of the City of Barrie.

Repair Resources

Barrie Public LibraryThe library provide many resources to learn how to repair a range of items.
iFixItiFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. 
The above resources were compiled by City staff in an effort to provide helpful information to Barrie residents. Linked resources are not necessarily affiliated with the corporation of the City of Barrie.

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